Monday, November 25, 2013

High Performance writing

Mrs. Hoffman's language class has been learning to write personal narratives.  We are using the High Performance writing program.  We read, reviewed, examined, and discussed a personal narrative provided in the program.  Next, we created a whole-class narrative that everyone contributed and had fun writing it.  We started with an outline,then created a rough draft, which we edited, and finally a finished product ready to be published.  The students were very proud of their story.  Here it is:

The Thanksgiving Bowl

            It was a chilly day in November, the big game was on T.V. and I was excited! Thanksgiving was at Grandma’s house and all the cousins were there.  Uncle Bob and Aunt Bea were there too.  It was going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!

            As everyone arrived, they brought in their stuff, and headed to the livingroom as fast as a speeding bullet to watch the game.  Nebraska was playing Iowa in a close, exciting, football game.  The score was tied and Nebraska had the ball.  We could sure use that “Hail Mary” pass that worked earlier this year.  The quarterback stepped back and threw a pass.  The ball sailed through the air like a jetplane, when.......BOOM, POP, CRACKLE!!!  The T.V. went black.  “Noooooo!!”  shouted everyone. 
            “What happened?”  whined Uncle Bob.
            “The cable went out,” explained Grandpa Joe, “It happens all the time. In my day we never even had cable.”

Everyone sat down with a shocked look on their faces, their jaws locked open.  Their mouths looked like ventriloquist dummies waiting to speak.  Cousin Vinny said, “Lets go outside and finish that game!”  Half of us decided to be Huskers and the rest are the Hawkeyes.  We played a game of tackle football out on Grandma’s lawn.  We played for two hours, then Uncle Bob tried to tackle Cousin Jake.  Cousin Jake fumbled the ball and Uncle Bob landed on it.  We heard a “pffft” and the ball was flat as a pancake!  “Oh man!” shouted Cousin Ciah.

Just about then, Grandma, shouted from the doorway.  “Time for dinner!!” We all rampaged into the house like a herd of wild buffalo, washed our hands, and sat down at the table.  The table was filled with delicious food.  The only thing missing was the turkey.  Tiny Tammy, who had just gotten up from her nap, was carrying her sippy cup full of milk.  She dropped it and milk went all over the floor.

Mom made her grand entrance holding the turkey on a silver platter.  When Mom stepped in the milk, her foot slipped, the platter went up, and the turkey soared through the air as if it had wings.   Mom was not hurt, but the turkey was not so fortunate.  The turkey landed in the large fish tank with a splash, sending Grandma’s goldfish out onto the now empty platter!  The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.  Aunt Bea yelled, “Not the turkey! Not the turkey!”
Grandma cried, “Save my goldfish!”
Tiny Tammy started to sob and everyone else started laughing!
“Well,” Grandma said, “There’s leftover spaghetti in the refrigerater!  Lets warm it up!”
That Thanksgiving we were thankful for leftover spaghetti!  After eating our dinner, the cable came back on, and we were able to catch the score of the game.  Nebraska won the game!  We were all glad to hear it, as we fell asleep watching T.V.

Mrs. Hoffman’s Language Class

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

3rd Grade Program

On Tuesday, November 19, all the third graders took part in our annual Fall program.  Mrs. Dickerson did a great job, as always, in preparing our students.  They sang songs and learned speaking parts to present to the public.  This year's program was on the power of positive thinking and it was excellent!  A good job well done third graders!
Waiting to go on stage!  We look pretty good!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Paul Siebert visit

What a great, entertaining way to end our day on Monday.  Paul Siebert, an author, musician, and Nebraska native came to visit.  We spent the last hour and a half of our day listening to him sing songs, and talk to us about the history of our wonderful state.  He used the Nebraska state flag and discussed all the items we would find on that flag.  He was once a blacksmith and he explained what that occupation was and why we find it front and center on the Nebraska flag.  He talked about everything from the Missouri river to the building of the railroad and how that developed our Nebraska.

He played the banjo, guitar, hammer dulcimer, jaw harp and a button accordion.  He sang us songs and let us join in on a few old favorites.


jaw harp

We all enjoyed his performance and learned a lot about Nebraska history too!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday the third graders spent the day at Chadron State College and the PAC center learning all about health and fitness.  They took part in lots of fun physical fitness activities they really enjoyed.  They were given a healthy sack lunch (provided in part by the Beef Council) and spent the afternoon learning about health and nutrition.  They learned about serving sizes, healthy portion control, what a healthy snack might be, how to read nutrition labels, and more fun and informational topics.  It was a great way to learn about health and fitness.  A big thanks goes out to Janelle Hansen (Panhandle Public Health District), Dawn Brammer, and Dr. Donna Ritzen from CSC and to all the wonderful CSC students who spent the day with us exercising, and trying to teach about healthy topics!

We were exhausted when we returned to CIS!

October events

My how October flew past!!  We were busy with lots of great happenings in our school.  Early in October the Firemen visited and gave the students tours of their equipment and talked to the students about fire safety.

We also were given dictionaries from the Rotary Club.  Every the Rotary Club gives the third graders a free student dictionary to use throughout the coming years.  What a wonderful service project for them.

We also did some fun activities in science learning about the states of matter!

Mrs. Hoffman's class was the prize winning money collectors for the Pizza Hut World Hunger Drive.  We collected about $120.00.  We were given free pizza for our excellent efforts.

We ended October with our Halloween party and visit to Crestview.  We had a good time visiting and sharing activities, good food, and fun!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tree planting

Today, (Wednesday) we had a great visit from the governor's wife.  She was here to help us plant a tree.  Tree planting is somewhat of a tradition here at CIS.  For the past couple of years each class has planted a tree behind our school.  Lucinda Mayes, from CSC, was here along with the governor's wife teaching us the hows and whys of planting trees.  We had a beautiful, if a bit windy, day to plant our tree.  The tree was a burr oak and we hope we gave it a good start on its new life as part of the CIS family.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bird Banding

     Thursday started out pretty chilly for the third graders as they made their trip to Chadron State Park to attend a bird banding program.  The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory staff presented several excellent activities for our students to participate in.
      The favorite activity was a "Migration" game in which the students chose a bird and "flew" from station to station.  There were 15 stations the birds could pass through.  Each station held a real life scenario the birds had to act out on their migratory trip.  Alas, some birds were eaten by a cat, some shot with a b-b gun, some were "banded", but the majority of our birds made the trip unharmed.

 We also went on a hike looking for "signs" of animals.  Ask your student what "skat" means.  We looked at trees, grasses, and shrubs.  We saw one pine tree filled with holes from birds in the woodpecker family.
     We watched as Mike, one of the staff, weighed, measured, and banded a lincoln wren.  Then we all got to pet him and Wesley got to let him go.  Maggie gave us lots of good information on birds and bird banding.
We wished we had more time to see more birds but we had to get back to the school for lunch.

We all want to send a big THANK YOU to all the staff who helped present this wonderful and informative program!

Monday, September 16, 2013

David Nieves and His Reptiles Visit

On Monday, September 16, the Chadron Intermediate School was lucky to have a visit from author David Nieves and his reptile friends.  David talked to the students about the importance of learning to write.  He discussed the Six Traits of Writing and why each is important in good writing.  He also shared with us his life experiences as a "Herpotologist" and why that helped him to write his books.  He brought with him a rat snake that was all white with blue eyes, a turtle, a monitor lizard (cousin to the Komodo dragon), a green climbing snake that hugged his arm tightly, and a python that was very heavy.  The students really enjoyed his presentation!

Top Banana Award

Last Friday, Mrs. Hoffman's and Mrs. Hirning's classes participated in a Math Vocabulary Contest.  Each student was given a definition and they had to supply the vocabulary word.  If they were correct they remained standing, if they missed the word they sat down.  Each round continued until only one man was standing.  Mrs. Hoffman's Dillon Ward was the last man standing so Mrs. Hoffman's class won the Top Banana Award for this week.  We will compete again, usually on early out Fridays.  We will have to stay on our toes to keep the trophy in our room!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Beginning of the Year

Welcome back to school!  We have enjoyed several weeks of school and we're starting to get into the swing of things.  The students have been working hard getting to know a new building, new playground, new staff, and new routines.  It's been a great couple of weeks as we continue to learn about each other.

In Mrs. Hoffman's class we have done some art activities, one of which was using our name as the center of our picture.  We used line, form, and color to create some beautiful name art.
We also made some "wild things" as we read  and discussed the story Where the Wild Things Are.  The students had a lot of fun creating their own "wild thing".  We are also working on Caricatures of ourselves.  These are a work in progress and will soon be displayed in our room.

We continue to work hard in all subjects.  Keep up the good work studying those math facts, and learning vocabulary for all subjects!  We rock!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bird Watch

Our Third grade year ended with a trip to Chadron State Park to participate in the annual bird watch.  Third graders loaded the bus and left CIS at 7:00.  We traveled to the state park where we spent an enjoyable morning learning about birds.  We learned how to identify birds that were banded and how we could use the band color to gather information about birds.  We learned how important the parent birds are for gathering food for the young ones in the nest and the dangers to birds gathering food.  We also looked for interesting birds and how to identify the birds we spotted.  Then we divided into small groups and spent some time birding (looking for and identifying various birds).  We enjoyed a snack, some play time and then loaded the bus to return to the school.  We had a lot of fun, the weather was beautiful, and we were able to spot quite a few different birds.